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Wallpaper* 2008 Design Awards Announced

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During the last ten days, the finalists for some of Wallpaper*’s Design Awards were posted so readers could muse over the potential decisions and lose sleep over the suspense (Would Kit Kemp‘s Haymarket trump Philippe Starck‘s Fasano Rio de Janeiro? Don’t make us even consider it!). As of January 12, the winners were announced with a party in London (soiree coverage here) and nice little video bumpers by Mainframe.

The list of judges is short but very sweet—André Balazs, Patricia Urquiola, Tadao Ando, Wong Kar-wai, Donatella Versace, Langlands & Bell—but the the list of winners is long—very, very long. So we culled the highlights for you:

· Straw-man Tokujin Yoshioka continues his winning streak as best furniture designer, after being named designer of the year for Design Miami.

· Los Angeles is the best design city, booya! (And using Thom Mayne‘s CalTrans building to represent LA in the voting didn’t even hurt us.)

· The New Museum by SANAA, which seems to be on the top of everyone’s list at the moment, is the best new public building.

· Yves Béhar‘s Little Green Computer That Could is named most life-enhancing device.

· A Richard Prince-Marc Jacobs collaboration for LV gets best bag.

· Sir Paul Smith earns his stripes for best collaborator.

· Arik Levy‘s Cubic Meter shelving system for Kenny Schachter bests what we can only imagine is a very competitive category: modular furniture; Twist by Carlo Colombo for Arflex takes shelving.

· Paper Alphabet by Sonya Dyakova is best typeface; best stationery is by Lucienne Roberts for none other than Tony Blair. We’ll leave it to the UK’s Creative Review for commentary on both of those.

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Overheard In Miami

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And now, before we collapse in a full-on post-festival coma, it’s time for our favorite feature of every design gathering, the Overheards. For all our Art Basel/Design Miami coverage, look here.

Man wearing a shiny, light-colored suit whispers on his cell phone in a dark corner of the garden at the Delano.
Man: Listen, I’m just trying to make this deal as lucrative as possible for BOTH of us.

A hip-looking couple stroll towards the convention center exit.
Woman: Do you want to go to the design show now?
Man [visibly agitated]: NO. For the LAST TIME I do NOT want to go to that DESIGN STUFF.

Guy at Photo Miami walking around with a computer and a phone, and apparently, with a live feed to his class.
Guy: Want to say hello to my students? We have to do it two ways–by phone and by picture. This is my new media class.

Art shopper: How much for the shoes?
Dealer: $275,000

Ultrathin “booth babe” on the convention center floor gazes at a painting; potential male client gazes at her.
Booth Babe: It really is a beautiful piece.
Male Client: You look amazing. Have you lost weight?

Festivalgoer: Are you here for the art or the Basel?

A Design Miami maintenance worker tells two festivalgoers that he saw Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Steven Spielberg milling around during the Thursday night opening.
Worker: You been inside? I wouldn’t pay two bucks to see this shit.
Festivalgoer: Did you like anything in there?
Worker: Yeah. The Audi.

A dealer describes a sculpture to a potential buyer.
Dealer: The inside is softer than the outside.

Woman: You want to eat at the fried rice place?
Man: Yeah, but I don’t want to eat fried rice.

Two metrosexuals stare at a photograph of a nude woman.
Man #1: I just don’t get any of this stuff when it’s about sex or madness.

Dealer: What happened last year happened this year.

A man returns a piece shortly after buying it.
Man: It just doesn’t go with the rest of what we have.

One extremely well-dressed older couple converses with another extremely well-dressed older couple.
Older Woman #1: So, are you taking any of this art home with you?
Older Woman #2 [puzzled]: Well, yes. But we’re having it shipped, of course.

And not really an Overheard per se, but perhaps more mention-worthy in our celeb-spotting round up: Pharrell Williams was spotted by several informants who saw him rolling into the Visionaire party with Arik Levy as part of his posse. Hip hop hearts design.

My First Time: A (Mostly) Graphic Designer’s Top 10 ICFF Highlights

Here at UnBeige we were looking for our own special ICFF angle. Instead of sending an insider-y New York industrial design freak to the show, we decided to send the polar opposite: A happily outsider-y San Francisco graphic designer (who also just so happened to study architecture way back when). Eric Heiman, principal at Volume, put together this top ten list of what caught his impartial eye (in no particular order):

1. The new colors for the classic Eames lounge wood chairs in the Herman Miller booth. That yellow looks good enough to eat, gosh darnit.

2. Speaking of which, the Herman Miller booth: What could be more fun than giant interlocking Eames cards? House of cards contstruction by BBK Studio.

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3. Doctors (or least people who play them on TV) do have style: Lisa Edelstein, of TV’s “House,” cruising the floor looking for new wares in which to store all those medical journals.

4. Wood veneer bags at Monacca. Mmmmm…Hideo Wakamatsu, our love affair is over.

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5. Mike and Maaike‘s juxtaposed: religion bookshelf. Furniture as arbiter of spiritual tolerance. Now that’s California dreamin’ for you.

6. Council–a Bay Area-and-beyond collaboration between Derek Chen, One and Co., Mike and Maaike, Arik Levy, and Khodi Feiz–my favorite new furniture collection of the show.

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7. Walking down the British design corridor and hearing all the different United Kingdom accents bespeaking the value of their design wares. “Bloody great, old chap.”

8. Designer foosball tables from RS Barcelona. All that was missing was the global ICFF tournament draw.

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9. Botanist’s fusion of bent wood veneer, powder coatings and a little bit of wispy, earthy motifs.

10. Thanks, God, no more of those tacky Tommy the Train bedspreads for the kids: Boodalee’s “big designs for little dreamers.” No, they don’t make them in king or queen-sized yet, so you adults will have to wait.

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